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SEMINAR: Histotripsy, Imaging Guided Ultrasound Therapy for Non-invasive Tissue Removal
January 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wouldn’t it be great to perform a surgery without incision or bleeding? “Histotripsy” is a new non-invasive ultrasound ablation technique. Using ultrasound pulses applied from outside the body and focused to the diseased tissue, histotripsy produces a cluster of energetic microbubbles at the target tissue using the endogenous gas pockets. These microbubbles, each similar in size to individual cells, function as “mini-scalpels” to fractionate cell and tissue structures. The overlying tissue between the target tissue and the skin is not damaged and no incision is needed. These microbubbles can be clearly visualized on ultrasound imaging, which are used to guide and monitor the histotripsy treatment. Histotripsy has potential for many clinical applications where non-invasive tissue removal is desired. I will talk about the mechanism and instrumentation development of histotripsy as well as potential clinical applications of histotripsy including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, and immunotherapy.
Dr. Zhen Xu is a tenured Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Education at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. She received the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2005. Her research is focusing on ultrasound therapy and imaging.
She received the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Outstanding Paper Award in 2006; National Institute of Health (NIH) New Investigator Award at the First National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Symposium in 2011, and The Federic Lizzi Early Career Award from The International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound in 2015. She is currently an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on UFFC, Women-in-engineering chair for IEEE UFFC, and board member of ISTU. She is a principal investigator of grants funded by NIH, Office of Navy Research, American Cancer Association, and Focused Ultrasound Foundation.